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A Stable Bike » I wonder
if there is a way to stabilize
a bike so that it can stay
upright without extra wheels.
The application I have in
mind is for disabled kids who
don’t have the balance skills
and muscle control it takes
to balance a bike. This would Inexpensive Way to Track
enable them to ride with their Pets » I adopted an abused
friends without the social dog that ran away repeatedly.
stigma of riding a three- Searching for her was a
wheeler or having training lengthy and heart-rending
wheels. Maybe gyroscopes process, which ultimately
or a rotating motor? ended in her death on a road.
— Philippe Habib It was so frustrating that
Super 8 Film to DVD »
I’d love it if someone could
develop a really high-quality
way to transfer old movies
(8mm and 16mm) to digital
— Gary A. Peare
with all the technology avail- camera by removing the lens.
able, the only ways I had to Is such a thing possible?
find her were posting signs I don’t know. I don’t have
and calling shelters. It took the skills and neither do
weeks to get sightings that any of the guys I know who
were often several days old. are interested in this since
I’ve heard of Wi-Fi-type most of us are software guys
networks to track pets, but Seems like a good project for
that just isn’t going to hap- MAKE magazine.
pen soon enough for me, if — Marc Goodner
it even makes it this far into
the sticks of rural Michigan. Antigravity Lifter » Here’s
— Anne Norman a challenge: create the stron-gest “lifter” — a simple-to-build
Pinhole Digital Camera » antigravity machine based on
I have had discussions the Beifield-Brown effect.
recently with a number of How to build:
other camphone enthusiasts fr/html/lftbld. htm. Check out
who all love them for the many videos at the American
poor quality — the artifacts Antigravity website. There is
in the images, the unexpect- a growing community around
ed results. The problem is, lifters because they’re so
the images are just too small. cool and easy to build. Plus
An idea came out of these there are many variations
discussions of what would on the design work, so the
be really cool: a repurposed trick is finding which ones
digicam that has a larger chip work best.
modified to work as a pinhole — Derek Martin
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